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Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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    Yes, we all expected AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER to have good showings for this morning's Oscar nomination announcements (they are both tied at 9 nominations each) and we were not surprised when the names George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were intoned at the 5:30am ceremony in Los Angeles. And yes, even the six nods for PRECIOUS (including well-deserved nominations for Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Flet...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its line-up

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Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its stellar line-up for 2010.  The 25th edition features 196 films including 18 World Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres and a vast selection of films representing 45 countries.  SBIFF is proud to welcome immensely talented filmmakers and honorees as we look back at 25 years of cinematic history and has assembled exceptional and evocative movies to entertain the expansive SBIFF audience.  The Fest...

Kerala Top prizes won by films from Argentina, India, Indonesia, Iran, Tajikistan and South Africa.

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14th International Film Festival of Kerala 2009 (Trivandrum, India 11th -18th December, 2009)    Indonesian film "Fishing Platform" directed by Ravi Bharwani and Iranian film "About Elly" directed by Asghar Farhadi jointly won the prestigious golden crow pheasant award for best feature film at 14th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala 2009 [11-18 December,2009] which was held in south Indian city of Trivandrum. "True Noon", a Tajik film di...

Golden Globe Snubs and Surprises

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   Jeremy Renner in THE HURT LOCKER It happens every year.....key performances, outstanding films and worthy indies and international titles that seem primed for awards consideration are inexplicably ignored. This has happened again with the announcement last week of the Golden Globe Award nominations, considered second only to the Oscars. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group of 80 international film critics and journalists who vote for the prizes, is known f...

The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded with 28 prizes

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28 prizes presented for acting and cinematic excellence The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded on Wednesday night with a glittering award ceremony that honoured the finest acting and cinematic talent from the Arab world, Asia and Africa at the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica awards. In all, 28 prizes were distributed for excellence in acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury general excellence awards. The entries were f...

Asian and European Films Top IDFA Awards

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Asian and European films dominated the top awards at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival, which held its awards gala yesterday afternoon at the historic art nouveau movie palace, the Tuschinski. The audience, made up of filmmakers, professionals and doc film buffs, loudly applauded the winners and the overall excellence of this year's program. The VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (with a cash prize of €12,500) went to Lixin Fan for Last Train Home, about the he...

Asian and European Films Top IDFA Awards

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  Asian and European films dominated the top awards at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival, which held its awards gala yesterday afternoon at the historic art nouveau movie palace, the Tuschinski. The audience, made up of filmmakers, professionals and doc film buffs, loudly applauded the winners and the overall excellence of this year's program. The VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (with a cash prize of €12,500) went to Lixin Fan for Last Train Ho...

Shuttling Between Hopefulness To Desperation (And Back Again)

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At a film festival such as IDFA that is exclusively devoted to documentary film, a dedicated viewer (which, at a minimum of 4 films per day, qualifies me) cannot help but be constantly batted from feelings of outrage and anger to feelings of optimism and hope. Documentaries, unlike any other art form, really get under your skin with real lives, some of them quite desperate and terribly sad, that break down the tenuous barrier of us versus them. To really appreciate a documentary, it is important...

Shuttling Between Hopefulness To Desperation (And Back Again)

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  At a film festival such as IDFA that is exclusively devoted to documentary film, a dedicated viewer (which, at a minimum of 4 films per day, qualifies me) cannot help but be constantly batted from feelings of outrage and anger to feelings of optimism and hope. Documentaries, unlike any other art form, really get under your skin with real lives, some of them quite desperate and terribly sad, that break down the tenuous barrier of us versus them. To really appreciate a documentary, it ...

Winners from the 2009 Vampire Film Festival

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The results are in for the 2009 International Vampire Film Festival are as follows: http://www.vampirefilmfestival.com/  "All of the films selected were exceptional in one way or another, but The Revenant stood out because it worked as pure vampire fiction and as a contemporary commentary on socially relevant issues.  Plus, it was funny."  Tim Cogshell, Programmer Vampire Film Festival Outstanding Vampire Feature: The Revenant (USA) Directed by Kerry Prior ...

Sundance awards winners since 1982

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1982     * Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Circle of Power 1985     * Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Blood Simple     * Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - Seventeen     * Special Jury Prize: Dramatic - Almost You     * Special Jury Prize: Dramatic - The Killing Floor     * Special Jury Prize: Dramatic - Stranger Than Paradise     * Special Jury Prize: Documentary - America and Lewis Hine     * Special Jury Prize: Documentary - In Heaven There Is No Beer?   ...

Rotterdam Hubert Bals Fund selects 27 projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-seven film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2009 selection, the Fund gives 385 thousand Euro to projects from nineteen countries. The selection includes new films by acclaimed filmmakers such as Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Edwin and many first time filmmakers. (See full list below)   Six of the eight projects select...

Awards of International Film Festival of Patras city

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11th International Panorama : “…a celebration of freedom of speech…”232 films – 62 countriesThe International Film Festival of Patras city – 10th International Panorama (www.independent.gr) having existed for 11 years hopes that it had presented an effluence of sounds and pictures which united various cultures and promote diversity. Our goal is to continue "the dream of art’s freedom ". In the 11th International Panorama people met and bonds made in a cultural e...

World class film festival to be launched in Jaipur, the Pink City

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JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL : (JIFF)-2010, INDIA JIFF is for all humanity Is the pink city Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan ready to host an international film festival? The answer is "Yes'' if one goes by the reporting of the print and TV media circulated to the entire country this year, for the first time the members of Jaipur International Film Festival Society organized two days international festival on 31st January and 1st of February 2009 in Jaipur, like many other ...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

Inaugural Atlantic City Cinefest

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The Downbeach Film Festival Presents the Inaugural Atlantic City Cinefest – October 16-18With a name reflecting its move from Margate and Ventnor to Atlantic City, the 2009 Downbeach Film Festival presents the Atlantic City Cinefest. The three day event will offer a diverse selection independent feature films, shorts and documentaries of varying genres, many of them from New Jersey filmmakers. The festival opens with the East Coast Premiere of the Atlantic City-based Ice Grill, USA co-directed...

The 2009 Cinema City Awards Ceremony

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The 2009 The 2009 Cinema City Black Tie Gala and Awards Ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Century on Saturday was a huge success. "The Festival and Fundraiser truly exceeded our expectations," said filmmaker Suzanne DeLaurentiis. Screenwriters, directors, producers, filmmakers and movie buffs turned out en masse for three days of screenings of films from all over the world. It was a sold out Gala this year, hosted by Actor Al Bandiero featuring AgreenDay.Org as the event's Title Sponsor. The C...

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China).   Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In ...

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China). Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In the wake of a majo...

Abu Dhabi's Film Festival Announces its Narrative & Documentary Feature Selections

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Egypt's The Traveler (Al Mosafer) with Omar Sharif to screen as Opening Night Gala The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled the lineup of the feature-length narratives and documentaries that will compete for Black Pearl Awards worth over $1 million during the upcoming Festival. Presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this year's MEIFF will run from October 8 to 17. Peter Scarlet, the festival's new Executive Director commented, "...

An Interview with Jewish Marine Comedian Dave Rosner

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Marine Comedian Dave Rosner (DR) is an observant Jew who has performed comedy in clubs and synagogues in the United States, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, and Iraq. DR began in the entertainment industry at the age of eight, is known as the only Jewish Marine Comedian. He is member of the Friars Club who produced the Friars Club show "Tell it to the Marines." He hosted and produced "The Dave Rosner Comedy Rooms" in New York. He was recently on stand-up comedy tour with "Comics Ready to Entertain," i...

Introducing Manchester's Fourth Kurdish Film Festival

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4th Manchester Kurdish Film Festival14th -16th  August 2009 Cornerhouse Manchester will be the venue for the 4th Annual Manchester Kurdish Film Festival, which returns in August for an enticing weekend of feature films, shorts, and Q&A sessions with international directors. The festival programme offers eight feature films including one partnership screening with Family Friendly Film festival, one documentary programme and a second partnership screening with KINOFILM. We have a fantastic l...

An Interview with Jewish Marine Comedian Dave Rosner

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By Maria Esteves - July 24, 2009 Marine Comedian Dave Rosner (DR) is an observant Jew who has performed comedy in clubs and synagogues in the United States, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, and Iraq. DR began in the entertainment industry at the age of eight, is known as the only Jewish Marine Comedian. He is member of the Friars Club who produced the Friars Club show "Tell it to the Marines." He hosted and produced "The Dave Rosner Comedy Rooms" in New York. He was recently on ...

The Portland Women’s Film Festival will screen Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker

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The Portland Women's Film Festival (a.k.a. POW Fest) is pleased to announce that acclaimed director, Kathryn Bigelow, one of Hollywood's most innovative filmmakers - whose films include K-19 (2002) with Harrison Ford; The Weight of Water (2000) with Sean Penn; Strange Days (1995) with Ralph Fiennes; and Point Break (1991) with Keanu Reaves - will be in Portland to screen her latest film, The Hurt Locker, an action thriller, as part of a benefit for the Portland Women's Film Festival, POW Fest,...

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